Archive for the ‘FAQs from New Students’ Category

I have a time restriction. Will I be able to complete my training?

September 24, 2010

Qualified flight instructors at Universal Air Academy provide dedicated training to each individual’s goal based on industry standard Jeppesen flight training syllabus for airplane flight training, and Robinson helicopter flight training guide for the helicopter flight training provided by the helicopter manufacture.

Your flight training will be evaluated in accordance to the standards provided by the flight training syllabus by the flight instructors. The instructors will provide guidance for students to enhance their flight training to meet their goals.

If you’re flight training is time sensitive, contact us for planning your flight training and we will provide you with the best plan for you.

Do you have any logbooks other than Black, Brown, Blue? How about Pink?

May 16, 2010

If you are looking for “style” in piloting, it’s not an easy task.  Would you agree? 

What should you wear when you fly? Something safe? or something more practical?  What should you take with you when you fly? One complete set of survival gears and equipment? or just a chart and a headset?

What color is your flight bag? What brand is it? Where do you purchase pilot supplies. Where can I find more options?  Well, these are things that come across pilot’s’ mind all the time, but most pilots simply compromise with what’s easy to buy. There are only a handful of popular brands and pilot shops.

But don’t give up if you didn’t find what you are looking for in popular brands and popular pilot shops.  Because you can get a whloe lot of things customized to match your “style.” It may cost a little bit more but if flying is something special for you that you are doing, it may be worth it.

How about a PINK logbook? Guess what? We were just told the other day that you can get it from this website. She said, “Girls Fly TOO!

How is the weather and winds at El Monte? Will I be able to practice in calm wind when I start my flight training?

February 9, 2010

YES— For initial training El Monte is the BEST airport. You can check the weather for all the airports in the LA Basin in the morning. The winds are nice and calm and the sky conditions are usually great or fair for training. In the afternoon the winds will pick up gradually just enough to enhance the training. Elsewhere, you would always have to be blown around by the wind and not understand if it you or the wind that’s flying the aircraft.

How far is the practice area? Am I going to be wasting time to fly to a practice area to ge

February 9, 2010

NO— Our location is the BEST in California for Basic to Advanced training. Our practice area is ONLY 4 minutes from the airport and that’s the closest it can ever get!!! Most of the training can be done in the airport and in the practice area.

I have a couple of demo flights at different flight schools. Can I still get a demo flight at your flight school to evaluate which flight school is the best for me?

February 9, 2010

YES—We are here to serve our customers whenever you are ready to start. Check out a couple of flight schools before you start. Do your research. That will help you start to learn about various airports in the local area of Los Angeles. Every time you walk into a flight school(FBO), you might see common books that pilots refer to or somebody might show you what a “pilot’s lounge” looks like or what a flight planning room or a computer to check weather looks like! You are learning already by doing your research! Go see what is out there and start to familiarize yourself with General Aviation.

I have a full-time day job. Can I still enroll and get flight training at your flight school?

February 9, 2010

YES— You and the Instructor can work something out to get your training started. Our office hours are from 08:00AM to 08:00PM during the summer time and 08:00AM to 06:00PM during the winter time. But we operate 24/7. As long as you don’t feel too tiered after work, we can get you started and guide you toward your goal of becoming a pilot.

Are you the only flight school in California?

February 9, 2010

NO— Just like there are many driving schools for cars, there are many pilot training flight schools. In El Monte Airport, we are one of the couple on the field. We are the only flight school where you can receive both helicopter and airplane flight training in El Monte, California.

How do I schedule my first flight training? Should I just call?

February 9, 2010

YES— Just call us and say something like this:
“I saw you website and I am interested in taking airplane/helicopter lessons. I’d like to schedule a Demo Flight.”
Then we will ask you when you can come visit us and schedule you for the DemoFlight. The cost of a demo flight will usually be around $80.00USD to $200.00USD depending on what aircraft you choose to fly in. You can also use our online chat to schedule flights during business hours.

I don’t know anything about airplanes/helicopters. Can I still dream of becoming a pilot?

February 9, 2010

YES— That’s why we are here to guide you! Everybody has different reasons to start taking flight lessons. For some people it was a childhood dream to fly. But for others, not so. It might have been a surprise birthday present(gift certificate) from a friend or a family member that got him/her into aviation. Or just a helicopter flying over your house one day. It might have been a friend that shared his/her experience of being pilot. Or it might be a Hollywood movie that you saw on TV. Lessons are structured so that anybody can become a pilot one day. You do not need any aviation background to start.

I do wear glasses. Can I still become a pilot?

February 7, 2010

YES— When it comes to the eyes or other body related or medical issues, there are FAA designated Medical Examiners that specialize in medical conditions for pilots. You must consult the Medical Examiner. If, you would like to schedule a medical examination to see if you are physically fit to become a pilot, we will be more than happy to refer you to a FAA Medical Examiner. Please, contact us for further information. There are many pilots in the world that wear eye glasses.